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|Student Contribution Band:||Band 4|
|Administered by:||College of Arts, Society & Education|
Australian history is "curious and strange", observed the American author, Mark Twain: "It does not read like history, but the most beautiful lies". According to the storyline of the Australian Legend, Australians are possessed of a spirit of democracy and egalitarianism. This led to the establishment of a "workingman's paradise" by the late nineteenth century and, in turn, the Commonwealth of Australia which was formally promulgated on the first day of the twentieth century. The serious business of being Australian from 1901 was to govern a "nation for a continent" while managing a "continent for a nation". Our subject, "Modern Australian History", traces the cultural, social, political and economic forces that shaped the twentieth century in Australia. We focus on key themes and influences, including: lands and original peoples, immigration and settlement, race and ethnicities, human rights and abuses, foreign relations and wars, booms and busts, cities and the bush, science and innovation, medicine and health, and intellects and emotions. We examine the narratives of nation and the "dark side of the dreaming".
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